The Padilla Post 1/17/2022

January 17, 2022

Providing every student with the keys to open the doors of their future.

A Note from Principal Purfurst

As many of you have likely seen, 27J Schools sent out a communication about the possibility of needing to have schools, cohorts, or classes shift to remote in the coming weeks due to continued spread of COVID-19 and staffing impacts. I wanted to reassure our families that we will do everything in our power at Padilla to avoid this happening. Earlier this school year we did have had a couple of instances of individual classes shift to remote temporarily. Based on our experience during those times, we believe we have the systems in place to move classes temporarily online as effectively as possible. I want to assure you that we will use a scalpel-like approach to any decision to move students temporarily online in order to minimize the number of families who would be impacted by that.

We will not be sending all students home with Chromebooks every night unless we believe there is a possibility of that class being shifted to remote the following day. Individual students and families are encouraged to work with their child's teacher if you need a Chromebook at home at other times.

If we do end up having classes that have to shift to remote, it will be for short periods of time until the staffing impacts are passed or necessary isolation periods are over. Our priority would be to get kids back in person as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding that communication from 27J Schools please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

An Update from Dean Hawkins

Drill’s This Week:

We will have our monthly evacuation drill this Thursday the 20th at 9:30 a.m.

ACCESS Testing Continues This Week!




L/R make ups (Grade1,2,3,5)




































Make Ups (writing/speaking)




Make ups (writing/speaking)

Kindergarten Access


Important Dates!

Check out the upcoming events at Padilla!

  • Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Friday! - January 21st - After School
  • Chipotle Spirit Night! - February 8th - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Day! - February 22nd - ALL DAY

Hot Chocolate and Popcorn Fridays!

Please see the information below!
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Chipotle Spirt Night

Come support Padilla Elementary and get Chipotle!
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Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Make sure to mention that you are there for Padilla Elementary!
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Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run will start the week of March 7th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1-mile run/walk race with fun games and activities that help girls learn to define their lives on their own terms. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. Registration opens at 9AM February 7th. For more information about the program go to

Valentines Candygrams

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Students Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Students who are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after they are exposed to someone with the virus. Students who are not fully vaccinated are required to quarantine after a recent exposure. If you would like to submit a record of your child's vaccination to qualify for the quarantine and texting exemption you can do so in the main office or by emailing

If a record of vaccination is not submitted your student will be required to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with the virus. Fully vaccinated means your student has received both doses. Please contact our COVID Site Coordinator and Health Aide Bernice Medina at with any questions!

Free State of Colorado Mental Health Support for Students

The State of Colorado has made free mental health support available to all children. Visit for more information about the three free sessions of counseling available to your child!
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Polar Bears of the Week!

Each week, students are selected by staff to recognize for living our CHILL Key of the week. Last week's CHILL Key of the week was Inclusivity! Our Polar Bears of the Week are:


Ms. Grace: Mackenzie Valentine

Ms. Medina: Mackenzie Martinez

1st Grade

Ms. Dimas: Saul Estrada

Mrs. Johnson: Layla O'Riley

Ms. Thao: Gianna Buckner

2nd Grade

Mrs. Baez: Jameson Leonard

Mrs. McGann: Enzo Martinez Vargas

3rd Grade

Mrs. Brantley: Ariana Castillo

Ms. Hunter: Spencer Doran

4th Grade

Ms. Harder: Aidan Rygwalski

Mrs. Richardson: Preston Wiley

Mrs. Richardson: Shae Grace

5th Grade

Mrs. Atkerson: Audri Hunter

Mrs. Forgette: Aaron Chavez

Next week's CHILL Key of the week will be Living Intentionally!

Community Partnerships!

We are incredibly lucky to have partnerships in our community who help support Padilla! Three businesses have programs set up to helps us! Please be sure to check the links below for details about how to support Padilla through these businesses!

King Soopers Community Rewards

King Soopers Community Rewards - Link your rewards card to Padilla and a portion of every purchase will be donated to Padilla!

American Furniture Warehouse Partnership

American Furniture Warehouse Partnership - Mention Padilla Elementary School when shopping at AFW and they will donate 2-4% of the purchase to Padilla!

Longmont Dairy Farm Milk Caps for Mooola

Longmont Dairy Farm Milk Caps for Mooola provides 5 cents to Padilla for every bottle cap that you turn into the school from one of their products. Just drop off your caps in a sealed plastic bag to the main office!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Check out breakfast and lunch menus below!

Please note that, due to product availability shortages, there may be last minute substitutions to nutrition services menus from time to time.

Adult Learning

Last week our teachers engaged in a protocol to analyze our most recent Student Perception Survey results. Through the use of this protocol we were able to celebrate areas our students are seeing as successes in their classrooms and identify areas of opportunities. Teachers were very reflective and brainstormed ways they can not only share the data with the students but engage them in conversations that will help all students understand each question and allow them to share ideas for improving the data. We will administer the Student Perception Survey again in March and I am looking forward to celebrating the hard work our teachers and students are doing here at Padilla!

Cub Club Update

Cub Club is composed of 2 students from each of the 4th and 5th grade classes. Their purpose is to serve as advisors to the staff from the student perspective. So far they have engaged in learning around the goals identified in our UIP. This week Cub Club looked at the combined data from our 4th and 5th grade Student Perception Survey. Together they identified areas of celebration which included feeling cared about, having respectful learning environments, having opportunities to correct mistakes, and knowing what they are learning and why. They also identified areas of opportunity and brainstormed how we might improve in those areas. The two questions the students focused on and their ideas to improve were;

10. My teacher encourages me to share my ideas.

- More opportunities for turn and talks with intentionality of what that time is for (to share ideas)

- More opportunities for whole group share out after turn and talks

- The use of popsicle sticks or “Dice of Doom” so all students voices are heard not just those who raise their hands

- Sentence stems to help students frame how they can respond so they feel more confident sharing

14. My teacher explains things in different ways so everyone can understand.

- More examples when learning new things

- Make connections to past learning clear

- Teacher doing Think Alouds while showing examples

- One on one check-ins

I was proud of our students for digging into this data and thinking about it from their perspective.